Josh Billings on Hens.
The b^st time tew. sett a hen iz when J^e hen 15 ready. I leant tell yqu what the best b'i'eed iz, but the Shanghai' \i the meanest, It kosts more to board one than it duz a stage hoss, ani you might az well undertake tew fat a fanning mill, runnin oats thru it. There aint no profit m keeping a hen for his eggs, if he lazes less than one a day. Hens are long lived if they d»n't kontract a throat disease ; there iz a great menny goze to pot every year by thfs mellfjrikolly di^ea^e. | leant mj eggzacly how topipk out a good hqn, but az a general thing the long-eared ones I kiio are the least apt to scratch up the garden. Eggs packed m equal parts of salt and lime water, with the other end down, will keep from 30 to 40 years if they are not disturbed. Fresh beef stake iz good for hens; I suppose i o,r 5 pounds a day would be awl a hen would need, at nrst aion.4.' I shaU be happee to advize you anj' time on the hen question, and take pay for my advize m eggs.
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Josh Billings on Hens., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890
Josh Billings on Hens. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2492, 15 August 1890
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